Great printer, but you pay 10X the printer in ink costs
9 September 2012
Excerpt: I received this printer for free (after mail-in rebate) with the purchase of my MacBook from the Apple store. It scans & prints great. The problem is that it uses SO MUCH ink. I rarely, rarely print anything in color, and when I do, it's a color copy of a photo. I was having to replace the ink cartridge (for colors like magenta) all the time.
Excerpt: I purchased the MP980 (the older model of the MP990) about two and a half years ago from Amazon. Before purchasing this printer I researched printers like crazy. I finally decided on this one for a few reasons; the most important being that it had copying, scanning, and printing without fax (who uses a fax machine anymore). When I first received it, I was surprised by how large the printer was. Before purchasing make sure you have space on your desk for this behemoth.
Excerpt: The Canon Pixma MP980 is an excellent printer for all your printing needs. The MP980 prints pictures with superior quality. The range of colors from vibrant reds to deep blues and soft yellows is excellent. The Mp 980 is a three in one printer. The color copier has outstanding resolution that can pick up even the slightest detail or change in corol. I was also shocked by the scanner. I usuall cannot stand using scanners but the MP980 is excellent.
Summary: I've owned this printer for about a year and a half, and paid around 250 dollars for it. I used it primarily for printing photos wirelessly from my Mac. The set-up was very difficult, and necessitated calling a Canon tech for assistance. The printer worked extremely well for about nine months, even though it was very slow and used a lot of ink (Canon ink is almost never discounted and the grey must be purchased separately at about $11.00 per cartridge.
"Would have been good, hadn't Canon made it useless."
1 July 2012
Pros: Great feature set. OK build quality. OK software.
Cons: The showstopper is its insane ink usage. You could just as well buy a full set of ink cartridges and throw them directly in the garbage, instead of bothering with installing them in the printer first. Repeat ad nauseam.
Summary: This is the most costly printer I've ever owned. I use this primarily to print documents from my computer and need to replace the ink cartridges about once every 6-8 weeks. And when I want to print photos, it runs out twice as fast! The most frustrating thing about it that I've had documents print perfectly fine only to have the printer shut down saying it's completely run out of ink. How can that be if I just printed something?
Summary: I feel that more ink cartridges have passed through this printer than sheets of paper. It uses up ink faster than you'd think possible. The print quality is poor. Canon should be ashamed of themselves for making such a pathetic piece of equipment commercially available. Not worth a fraction of the price and you'll pay for your purchase over and over with headaches.
Summary: I was told by Canon technical support that the reason why the Canon MP 980 was running out of ink EVEN THOUGH I BARELY USE IT was because it was designed that way. Canon created a printer to use ink when it is just sitting there or if you turn it on or off. I print on average 10 pages of text a month and replace the all cartridges every 2 months. Also this is the slowest printer in the history of the world.
Summary: This was one of Canon's supposedly high end consumer printer. It takes gray ink to produce better photos - well barely. Paid around $150 I think. Less than 2 years old, it had very moderate usage & got B200 Error, which means the print head is bad. I called Canon Tech support he had me try remove & reset Printhead & unplugging rebooting all to no effect, same error.